Northern Inland NSW is about to feel the full effects of this heatwave, with temperatures reaching the high 40’s!!
A heat trough is expected to be located over the region during Wednesday and into Thursday before shifting and weakening on Friday but remaining at least in the vicinity where the effects will be maximised. This heat trough is combining with an incredibly warm air mass above the region to draw in as much heat as possible leading to temperatures reaching the mid to high 40’s across the Wednesday to Friday block.
On Wednesday, a surface trough is likely to aid Sydney and the Hunter/Central Coast in reaching the high 30’s / low 40’s, but across Northern Inland NSW widespread temperatures are likely to exceed 40ºc with areas across the NW Slopes and Plains and North-West corner likely to reach 44ºc. Bourke is heading for a top of 45-46ºc.
After a warm night with temps hovering around the 27-30ºc, Thursday is expected to be just as warm with maximums widespread above 40ºc and locations such as Bourke heading for 44ºc+. Thursday out of the 3 days is expected to be the coolest (if you can call 44ºc cool).
Another very warm night with maximums failing to drop below 30ºc is expected to make way for an absolute scorcher on Friday. Virtually ALL of Inland NSW is expected to see 40ºc+, areas such as the Central Coast and Hunter are also going to bake under 40ºc temps. Virtually the entire North-West corner of the State is going for 44ºc+ with areas like Boukre and Wilcannia heading for 46 to possibly 48ºc!!!
These conditions of prolonged very extreme heat are a reminder to take care under these conditions, with many farmers in country NSW its advised to avoid strenuous activity during peak heating, drink PLENTY of water and look after those around you – especially the elderly, young, sick, pregnant and pets/animals as they are all more at risk of heat stress.